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ISFMF PANELISTS AND LECTURERS
In the 17 years since the release of From There To Here, Kyle Eastwood’s first album as a leader, the multi-talented double bassist, composer and producer has forged a dynamic musical path. His artistry is eclectic, yet refined and transcends the boundaries of jazz by exploring an ever-widening range of musical influences. While continuing to develop his parallel career as a composer and arranger on his father Clint’s Oscar® winning and nominated films Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Letters from Iwo Jima, Gran Torino and Invictus, Eastwood has reaffirmed traditions while creating truly contemporary, lyrical and melodic jazz. He has flirted with electro-jazz cool on Paris Blue (2004); delved into 70s-tinged “smooth jazz” accents and grooves on Now (2006); and gone “arty” urban chic on the subtly mixed Metropolitan (2009).
Eastwood’s latest release Time Pieces is all at once a fresh landmark in Eastwood’s discography and a culmination of a recent reassessment of his personal and artistic aesthetic that began with the release of Songs From the Chateau in 2011. The new phase of his career has involved a powerfully swinging, yet eminently sensual quintet of young English musicians: starting with Andrew McCormack (piano), Quentin Collins (trumpet and flugelhorn) and now including Brandon Allen (tenor and soprano sax) and Ernesto Simpson (drums). Eastwood brilliantly confirmed this new creative foundation on The View From Here (2013), often giving the impression of connecting with jazz archetypes while focusing on the pure joy of group interaction.
Michael Minkler started working as a recordist when he was 17, and started mixing in 1974 when he was 22. His early projects included commercials, television shows and industrial films. His first major film came in 1976 when he was hired for temporary work on music and effects tracks for the foreign release of All the President’s Men, with rerecording mixers Arthur Piantadosi and Les Fresholtz, at Warner Brothers’ Stage 5. He continued to work with Piantadosi and Fresholtz on another 35 films, and considers them his mentors. After a four year stint at Warner Bros. Studios, he took the job as the chief mixer and managing director of facilities, at Robert Altman’s Lion’s Gate Films in 1980. In 1984, Minkler struck out as an independent, working at a number of facilities, until 1990 when he helped design and staff Skywalker Sound’s Lantana facility in Santa Monica. He continued to mix there after the facility was acquired by Todd-AO. While at renamed Todd-AO West, Minkler won a pair of Academy Awards®, first for Black Hawk Down in 2001 and then Dreamgirls in 2006. He also won an Oscar® for his work on Chicago, as well as the total of 11 nominations.
In addition to his mixing credits, Minkler has been a sought after technical advisor for companies like Euphonix where he helped with the development of digital audio mixing technology, which is now an industry standard. Minkler has always been considered an innovator of technology and technique. On Inglourious Basterds, he utilized a new technology developed by Penteo Surround that enables stereo music mixes to be converted and spread across a 5.1 surround sound field.
For over twenty years, record producer Robert Townson has led one of the most successful and prolific careers in both the Hollywood and world film music communities. His career has focused on both the most successful films of today as well as providing an invaluable chronicle of many of the greatest motion picture scores from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Spring of 2010 has seen the highly anticipated release of Townson’s 1000th album.
Taking over production at Varèse Sarabande Records in 1989, his first project for the company was the Grammy®-nominated album from Ginger-Ale Afternoon, composed by Blues legend Willie Dixon. Quickly following this, Townson produced the soundtracks for the Academy Award-winning Driving Miss Daisy, featuring the music of Hans Zimmer, as well as the acclaimed Irish film My Left Foot, featuring a score by the legendary Elmer Bernstein. 1990 saw Townson produce CDs for no fewer than seven of the summer’s top eleven films including the platinum-selling Ghost, plus Back To The Future Part III, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Jerry Goldsmith’s scores for both Total Recall and Gremlins 2, John Williams’ Presumed Innocent and the sequel to Robocop.
The string of successes has continued, uninterrupted, ever since, including:
The Abyss, Predator (1 and 2), Die Hard (1, 2 and 4), Big, Dead Poet’s Society, The Grifters, Green Card, City Slickers, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Father Of The Bride, Basic Instinct, My Cousin Vinny, The Player, Unforgiven, The Crow, Babe, Air Force One, L.A. Confidential, Blade, Pleasantville, The Scream Trilogy, You’ve Got Mail, The Matrix, The Iron Giant, The Sixth Sense, Cast Away, Shrek (1, 2 and 3), In The Bedroom, Far From Heaven, Unfaithful, The Bourne Identity (and Supremacy), Ice Age (1, 2 and 3), Bruce Almighty, Sin City, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, X-Men: The Last Stand, United 93, The Lives Of Others, Night At The Museum (1 and 2), The Holiday, Charlie Wilson’s War, American Gangster, Horton Hears A Who!, Changeling, The Visitor, Frost/Nixon, the Grammy®-nominated albums for Million Dollar Baby, Blood Diamond and Star Trek, along with the Oscar®-nominated scores from House Of Sand And Fog, The Good German and Michael Clayton are just a few. Townson has produced soundtracks for such television series as Lost, Alias, 24, True Blood and The Tudors, plus such epic television productions as John Adams, Masada, The Thorn Birds, North And South, The Mists Of Avalon, and Children Of Dune.
In addition to his always-full schedule of new film soundtracks, Townson has, over this same period, restored and released CDs of the original motion picture soundtracks from such film and film music classics as Taxi Driver (Bernard Herrmann), Chinatown (Jerry Goldsmith), Lawrence of Arabia (Maurice Jarre), The Great Escape (Elmer Bernstein), Touch of Evil (Henry Mancini), Casino Royale (Burt Bacharach), The Omen (Jerry Goldsmith), Cleopatra (Alex North), Ghostbusters (Elmer Bernstein), and Bernard Herrmann’s landmark score from Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Vertigo, produced in conjunction with Universal’s theatrical re-release of the film in 1996. With much more than 1,000 albums to his credit, Robert Townson remains the most prolific producer of soundtrack albums in the world.
In 1989 Beth began her career at 99Rock in Hanover, NH, eventually becoming General Manager of the station. Her record label experience includes stints as Director of Promotion at Pipeline Records, King Biscuit Flower Hour Entertainment (distributed by BMG) and Mechanic Records (then part of Giant Records). In January of 1996, she joined Milan Entertainment, as the National Director of Radio and Web Promotions and Acting Director of Media Relations where she fell in love with working on soundtrack recordings for visual media.
In 1998 Beth Krakower founded CineMedia Promotions, specializing in publicity, radio and web promotions campaigns for crossover artists, soundtracks, and cast album recordings. She has promoted the soundtracks of over 1000 soundtrack and cast album recordings.
Beth has been a panelist/speaker for The SCL (Society of Composers and Lyricists), Krakow Film Music Festival, The International Film Music Festival of the Province of Córdoba, CMJ Music Marathon, Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference, MidAtlantic Music Conference, College Media Conference, Film Music Network’s LA Chapter, and has led a workshop in Web Marketing for the Learning Annex (NYC). She taught Entertainment Marketing and Marketing Music on the Web for CUNY Baruch College in NYC.
For eight years Beth served as the New York Chapter Manager of Film Music Network and was Assistant Program Director of filmmusicradio.com. She was an Adjunct Professor at CUNY/Baruch College, works annually for the Telluride Film Festival, and her volunteer work includes serving on the Executive Board of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, The Teak Fellowship, Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment and Media Association (DAEMA), and the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. In 2008 she earned the Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Dartmouth College.
His career as a composer began with animated films, then as musical director of the successful radio show „L’Oreille en Coin“ on National Pubic Radio France Inter from 1987 to 1991. Collaborators include Philip Kaufman, Lalo Schifrin, Ennio Morricone, Claude Bolling, and many more.
Between 2000 and 2003, he performed with the Ray Charles Quartet on the European and Australian tours as organist and conductor, “this guy is a genius” Ray used to say concerning Jean-Michel Bernard.
In 2010 he collaborated with French actress and director Fanny Ardant on her film Chimères Absentes and worked on Academy Award winning ‘Hugo’ by Martin Scorsese. In 2013, he collaborated again with Fanny Ardant for her movie Cadences Obstinées starring Gerard Depardieu and scored the music of Love Punch by Joel Hopkins starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson.
In 2015 he scored ‘Love at First Child’ by Anne Giafferi and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ directed by Wes Anderson.
The background of Richard Bellis is distinguished by its surprising diversity: child actor, touring rock ‘n roll music director, arranger/conductor for Las Vegas headliners, university lecturer and now, award-winning Hollywood composer. He began his show business career acting in movies and TV, but turned his attention to music in his teens, fronting his own Dixieland band and writing arrangements for several Los Angeles based big bands.
Bellis spent several years arranging and/or conducting for a number of top Las Vegas acts. In 1976, he returned to Los Angeles on a full-time basis to begin a film-scoring career.
He has won an Emmy Award for the Stephen King’s mini-series It and has scored more than 45 films and television movies throughout his career. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
Music psychologist and Professor of Systematic Musicology at the University of Graz, Austria since 1998. Director of the university’s Centre for Systematic Musicology since 2009.
President of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM), 2015-2018. Founding academic editor of Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies (JIMS). (Co-) Founder of Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology (CIM), Conference on Applied Interculturality Research (cAIR), International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus), and the first semi-virtual, multi-hub academic conferences (GAPS2017; ICMPC15/ESCOM10).
Research in music psychology, music theory, music acoustics, psychoacoustics, sound and music computing, music information retrieval, music sociology, music philosophy, music history, ethnomusicology, music education, interculturality, and interdisciplinarity. Publications addressing musical structure (pitch, consonance, harmony, tonality, tension, rhythm, meter, accent), music performance (psychology, piano, applications), the origins of tonality and of music, and musicological interdisciplinarity. Books with Springer and Oxford. First or only author of contributions to Music Perception, Musicae Scientiae, Perception & Psychophysics, Journal of New Music Research, Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies, Music Performance Research, Australian Journal of Psychology, Contemporary Music Review, Perspectives of New Music, Jahrbuch Musikpsychologie, Rivista di Analisi e Teoria Musicale, Scottish Music Review.
Anze Rozman is a composer of concert music and music for media from Ljubljana, Slovenia. He holds a bachelors degree in music composition from the Academy of music in Ljubljana and a masters degree from Berklee College of music in Scoring for Film, TV and Video Games.
As a classical music composer, he is most known for his orchestral and flute works, which are regularly performed in Europe, USA, Canada, South America and Asia. His music has been performed and recorded by orchestras such as the London Session Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich and the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, and others.
As a composer for media, he has composed music for several short and feature films, video games and numerous TV ads and commercials.
Works as a composer for the music production company Bleeding Fingers, formed by Hans Zimmer, Steve Kofsky and Extreme Music.
Helena Dukic is a broadly educated musician.
She has earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in piano performance from Music Academy Zagreb, her second Bachelor of Music Degree at University of Cambridge, her Master of Music Degree in Composing for Film from Kingston University, London in and her Nordoff Robbins Music therapy certificates and Guided Imagery and Music diploma.
Thus, her career has spun in three different directions: a performer and teacher, a composer and songwriter, and a music therapist.
Selma Prodanovic is an internationally awarded entrepreneur and philanthropist. Named Startup-Grande-Dame by the media, she is famous for her influence and her ability to create, develop, and connect business potential. In 2005 she founded the Brainswork Group and since launched a dozen of “made in brainswork”- brands, supported over 400 startups, and advised global investors, corporates and organizations. She had a major impact on the creative industries, the startup, and the business angel eco-systems in Austria and Europe. Her next goal is supporting 1millionstartups worldwide.
Selma is co-founder and Vice-President of Austrian Angel Investors Association, board member of European Business Angel Network (EBAN) and member of Global Business Angel Network (GBAN). The Business Angelina has a portfolio of startup investments, is lead investor at Rising Tide Europe 1 – impacting the next generation of female business angels, was an investor in the startup TV show “2 Minutes – 2 Million”, and judged in over 100 investment jury sessions. As a professional speaker, Selma was over 1000 times on stage sharing her expertise in entrepreneurship, connecting, creativity, innovation, and startups at conferences or corporate events, but also at universities and through her online courses. She published the „Brainsbook on Networking” in 2009 and her book “Between Steel and Chocolate – Inspiring Success Stories from Austria” was published in 2013. She pioneered various concepts such as Chief Networking Officer, the business development strategy brainsworking, the Business-Angelina investment approach, IncrediblEurope 2049 and established the Brainswork – Make A Difference Awards. Media covered her expertise in over 40 countries.
For her innovative approach to business and commitment to entrepreneurship and social change, Selma received numerous awards such as the Austrian “WOMAN Award” in 2006, “100 World of Difference Award 2013” awarded by The International Alliance for Women in Washington, “Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2014” and “Best Pioneering Investment Initiative 2015” awarded by EBAN.
Aleksandra Kovač holds a Master of Science degree in Composition for Screen from Edinburgh University, as well as a BA in Music Education from Belgrade University. She is a composer, music producer and songwriter from Belgrade, Serbia. In addition to being the 2015 BAFTA Scotland New Talent award nominee, she is also the first Serbian MTV Award winner and has also won other awards for her work in theater, TV, and film.
In year 2000 she joined forces with music producer and supervisor, Roman Gorsek, and founded the music production company RAproduction, which specializes in composing for film and new media, music supervision and production, songwriting, talent search, marketing and vocal coaching. Aleksandra became one of the top songwriters in the south-east European region, writing and producing songs for many of the biggest names in the ex-Yugoslavia music scene.
Concurrent with her songwriting career, Aleksandra garnered acclaim as a composer for commercials, theater, TV and film. She has written several theme songs, the most recent of which are for the 2013 and 2015 Coca-Cola Christmas campaign commercial. Her music can also be heard on commercials for major brands including VIP Mobile, Telekom etc.
As a film composer, she was nominated for the European Talent Award at the Soundtrack Cologne festival in 2013., and as one of the authors of the short animated film “Separate lives”, for the New Talent Award at the BAFTA Scotland 2015.
As a lecturer in film music, she has given lectures at the American University in Beirut, SAE Institute in Belgrade and Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. Aleksandra has published her work on film music in the international journal of music “New Sound”, published by the Music Academy in Belgrade and on songwriting and composing in the book “Serbia: My Case, A New European Generation” for British Council in Serbia.
As one of the most successful singer-songwriters in the region, Aleksandra was one of the X Factor Adria judges and mentors in 2015., which aired in five Balkan countries.
Zoran Predin is a renowned Slovenian musician, poet, composer and lyricist.
He is famous for his exceptional music, featured in a number of Slovenian films, television serials and theater performances, countless lyrics which have almost become folk songs and unforgettable chansons.
In 1979 he started his own rock band and unloaded all his cynicism, sarcasm and flair for parody on its shoulders with the name Lačni Franz (Hungry Franz). Lačni Franz was the premier league band of the former Yugoslavia. In eleven years of constant performing, with fifty concerts per year on average, Predin as the main author in the Lačni Franz lineup recorded.
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